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Firefighters Caught Getting Lunch !

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, TELEVISION STATION WBZ sent out their crack investigative-reporting team recently to expose the practice of the Boston firefighters taking time to feed themselves every day.

Venting his outrage in a televised report, clueless hack Joe Shortsleeve disclosed:

(The) I-Team saw a ladder truck outside a grocery store (and) our hidden cameras spotted on-duty Boston firefighters leisurely wandering the aisles…

The I-Team discovered this was not an isolated incident. Our cameras found the same truck, Engine 32, shopping at lunchtime at the same grocery store, four different times over the course of a couple of weeks.

WBZ

WBZ’s stealthy reporters armed with hidden cameras,
catch Boston firefighters  in the act of  buying food to eat.

We wanted to find out if the truck stopped by on the way back from a call. The I-Team obtained call records for Engine 32 on all four days. There were no emergencies anywhere near lunchtime. We even looked at the training schedule, but there was no scheduled training for Engine 32. That means the Boston Fire Department has no record of any official reason that Engine 32 left the station on Main Street in Charlestown.

Shortsleeve then took his concerns to the Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser and to his dismay, the Commish fully backed the firefighters saying, “I think the practice is fine.”  In fact, the only person he could find that would agree with his peculiar view was some wack-o who is described by Shortpants  as a “city watchdog.”  But the best response to his Boston-shattering revelation came from his viewers and readers when they left more than 100 Comments to his posting on the WBZ website story.  Only two people agreed with Shortsight and everybody else gave full support to the notion that firefighters also need to eat in order to stay alive.

One of the comments worth relaying on says,  “As a member of the firehouse in the story I’ve read most of the comments left on this “investigative report” and I have to say rather than demonize Joe Shortsleeve we should be applauding him. With one ridiculously stupid story he did what no other agency in the city has been able to accomplish, he got the residents of Boston to support us again. So thank you Joe and keep up the good work.”

Read the full WBZ “investigative report” and the Comments HERE.

Comments - Add Yours

  • DaGonz

    It's sweeps month, when ratings points equal bigger advertising charges for the TV station's ad time.

    This “story” has backfired big time. 104 comments so far, only 2 of them supporting the I-Team

    I had a run in with the “reporter” at an incident about 15 years ago while I was serving as the FD's PIO per command. He was the rudest, most obnoxious reporter I had ever dealt with. I complained to the news director, who apologized for the reporter's actions. He also gave us the raw footage (WBZ had a cameraman who lived nearby and paged him to cover the story) to use for training purposes. That news director is long retired.

  • http://www.ad6uy.com Anneliese

    This is just crazy. Does reporter Shortbrains think that Firefighters can live on nothing but air? I'd rather see them at the grocery store than at a fast food joint.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Low/636707115 Jason Low

    Maybe Joe Shortsleeves and the “former city watchdog” should serve 3+ meals each day to the firefighters in their station for a week!

  • http://firecritic.com Fire Critic

    The comment that you provided is great Firegeezer…I applaud the firefighter for putting a positive spin on the story!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Low/636707115 Jason Low

    Also, is Joe Shortsleeve a real name?

    And where was the ladder truck? I only saw an engine.

  • B Jackson

    Does the reporter on this story know that firefighters routinely go out in their assigned areas to see if they have any new stereets, business places and the list goes on, familiarazation of the area and people they serve, most people are happy to see them, they also in most fire departments install and replace smoke detectors and make friends with children at home and schools, they reporter could find a better story than this one

  • Capfiremedic

    “Joe Shortshrift” needs to get a life…

  • B.morgan

    How many times has the reporter seen firefighters run on a call in the middle of a meal, drop stuff in the store on a page or come back to hours old, have eaten fast food.

    It's not a bad thing to have the crews out learning the community, meeting people, doing good deeds and being instantly ready to respond to a call. This reporter is an airhead.

  • outsidevent

    Hey SHORTSLEEVE, Firefighters do have to eat! They do not have a restaurant catering to them. I retired from FDNY, Ladder 33 and Engine 75, one of the busiest Companies in NYC, we never missed a run or a call because of being in a food market. The brothers in Boston were more than likely 10-8 and ready to respond to any fire or incident. Tip O' The Helmet to the Brothers in Boston, you guys do a great job!

    Stay safe, Richie Kirrstetter, Retired Ladder 33

    Safety Chief, Lansing Vol. Fire & Rescue Dept.
    P.S. SHORTSLEEVE if you want to come down, we too eat, you might want to bring some food with you so we don't have to stop at a food store

  • outsidevent

    You go, that was a great comment. Take care. Rich

  • outsidevent

    SHORTSLEEVE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT A LADDER TRUCK IS. WHAT HE SAW WAS A PAINTING CONTRCTOR.

  • http://www.ad6uy.com Anneliese

    Yes. And a few brain cells wouldn't hurt either.

  • freeskier

    I don´t want to know, what Joe Shortsleeve may say, if the City of Boston hires a catering company to serve all City´s departments with 3+ meals every day…
    In Germany, the FFs get their meals in the Grocery, also…

  • josephschmoe

    BREAKING NEWS! Intellectually challenged news crew caught wasting video tape and bandwidth while on company time!!

    Joe Shortsleeve, an alleged news reporter from Boston's WBZ Ch. 38 was caught on the internet reporting a non-story about Boston Fire Department apparatus actually leaving a fire station and traveling 1.2 miles for the purpose of procuring food.

    Shortsleeve is accused by numerous Boston residents of being “pathetic” and “not smarter than a fifth grader” after posting the Feb. 8th article.

    These accusations arose after the article was posted, despite comments from a retired Boston finance official and a fire commissioner stating that the practice was within policy. The accusations were further justified after it became apparent that Shortsleeve has no common sense.

    Fire service pundit Joseph Schmoe said that the article “reeked of sensationalistic journalism” and called Shirtsleeves an “idiot”. Schmoe also said that this was an example of why journalism is dying in America.

  • beardy53

    Hi There folks
    I live in Omagh Northern Ireland and not so long ago we had the same rubbish non story about the same issue in our local weekly luckily an ex fire chief and several passers by were off the same opinion as the people in America
    Firemen have to eat so it is not only in your fair land that none stories get printed
    However i would say to all emergency personell
    Keep up the good work we really appreciate it

  • http://turnerfire.sqweebs.com/ Matthew Conklin

    Firefighters don't get food for a week when they go shopping. They get it at meal time. That is why they go out and get food at lunch time and at dinner. I can tell from experience that when there is nothing to do and there is no food at the station, you have to go out and get food for the meal that you are at. Like in the TV Show “Emergency” there are a few scenes that are in a shopping center and you can see them getting food for their meals. At our station there is no food kept at the station. At lunch time we go out and get food. At dinner we go out and get food. Most of the time We get our food at lunch time for lunch and dinner that way we are only out once during the day. Also with experience we need to roll the trucks so they can move, not get rusty, and break down.

  • fbcar3

    This happened in a town just south of Boston about a year ago. (Home of the NE Pats) A passerby who doesn't even live in town complained when he saw a firetruck in front of the local Stop & Shop at lunchtime. Believe it or not the town Board of Selectdummies actually sided with the non-taxpaying busy body as did the fire chief. The distance to the supermarket? Less than 1000 feet! I kid you not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ZakkGiannette ZakkGiannette

    What I cannot believe about this story, the amount of resources wasted to bring this story to light. I wonder if Mr ShortyPants would like the FD to have food delivered to the house. Then he could do a story on wasteful spending. I can see the headline now. “firefighters so lazy, they pay a service fee to have food delivered”. Mr. ShortyPants, if you catch this, seriously, WTF were you thinking when you sat in the editing room and voiced over your cuts? Didn't at some point your feeble brain kick in and say, ” this is stupid, I should go back to hemming skirts for s living”.

    Not only are they still protecting the district they cover, they are giving every kid in that market a moment to remember. I never forgot the times i would meet up with Fire Fighters at the market. the driver would always give us a tour of the truck and the guys inside always had a public service comment about fire and staying safe. Just one of many reasons that later in life i became a Fire Fighter later in life. Because alot of stations have adopted the closed bay door policy for safety reason, this is a great way to get out and keep up with the public and the image of the FD in community. Joe ShortyPants, you sir, are a complete moron.

  • Charlie Wall

    I find it interesting that the reporter in question doesn't even know the difference between a truck and an engine, since this was obviously not a ladder truck. Perhaps he has not even taken the time to realize that if that crew gets a call while they're out getting the food that they need to survive while they're working to protect the city, that they don't have to rush back to the station to get the apparatus; they already have it with them. I can only imagine the anger that is welling up within retired chief/commissioner Stapleton. If that reporter doesn't have anything better to do than this type of hatchet journalism, perhaps he should go down to the bay and report on the condition of the ducks and how they're coping with the winter weather.

  • mickmayers

    I think Joe Shortsleeves has an excellent point. Why are firefighters wasting tax dollars going to the store? So from this point forward, I think every fire station in America should be permitted to have their own farm on station property, complete with cow (which at some point, will have a new job description, that is, BEEF), pig (see previous), vegetables, etc. But since this is all pretty labor intensive (ask any farmer), maybe we could settle for getting the department to pony up grocery delivery funds. Or maybe it would be cheaper and more efficient to just let them go to the store.

    Most of our stations have excellent relationships with the local grocers and when we go shopping, other shoppers stop us and ask all kinds of questions from “What's for dinner?” to “When should I change my smoke detector battery?” Likewise, when firefighters are buying food at the local store, they are supporting the local community. It's called- get this, “being part of a community”!

    A hungry firefighter is a non-productive firefighter. I say let them eat cake! (Or something healthier). What a non-story and maybe the producer of that news show needs to really re-think if they are providing news or just trying to stir up anger.

  • Bobr

    Gee, what an expose: firefighters going in to a grocery store to buy food for their daily meals. I remember when I served as Chief of a department in the midwest that I took the then unusual step of telling our personnel that they could not only go to the grocery store, but could actually go in to restaurants and eat if they chose to do so. My thought process was that we are part of the community, and the more we're seen in public the better. When our city manager found out about it, he asked me why had he seen 'that big fire truck' (Ladder Company) sitting as a local restaurant at noon one day'? I told him, 'they were eating lunch boss, same as you and I do every day'. He just shook his head and walked away and never said another word about it. What a revolutionary idea: allowing firefighters to eat like everyone else!

  • Chris

    No… Who would want that idiot in their house. It's clear that this guy has issues stemming from his past. Maybe he wasn't able to tough it earlier to become a firefighter.

  • wtravlr1

    News flash, firefighters taking time out to go to the bathroom, film at 11:00!

  • Peter

    Wow, People are really clueless……Joe Shortsleeve, you really need to do a little more research on your topics next time. Granted I am not a resident of the metro Boston area but I am a firefighter in the metropolitan NY area. People have approached us and asked if we were on duty and of course our reply was yes. They had asked if there was an emergency in the store and we informed them that no there was not and that we were there to pick up items to prepare for dinner. They turned around and thanked us for the job we do everyday and we went on our way. it is not uncommon for people to approach us and inquire as to what we are doing. As a matter of fact, most people ENJOY seeing us whether it is for a “Dinner” run or out doing a building inspection or a building pre-plan. People really need to get their facts straight before they go and do something as stupid as this….Oh and by the way, I am not “paid” and I am a 2nd generation VOLUNTEER firefighter.

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  • Tom

    Are you kidding me? Are you fricking kidding me? THis is all that these people have to worry about? Where do cops eat while on duty? i'm sure they dont drive back to the precint, jump in their personal vehicle and get lunch, then drive back and get back into their patrol car. Firefighters are ALWAYS on duty. Most of the time its a 24 hour shift. How many times during the shift is a meal interupted by a call? What about working 24 hours and having sleep disrupted? What about when they work holidays, anniverseries, birthdays and all th eother times the general public is at home safe and secure?
    This is “investigative journalism” at its worst!! I'd like to know where “Joe Shitsleeve” lives. If there is a paid FD, why dosent he try investigating them by talking to them instead of stalking them? ANd if he resides in an area protected by volunteers, why dosent he go put an application in there?
    This guy is a sham. I hope someone investigates him as well as the other clown he interviewed for this non story.
    Get a life

  • Tom

    Are you kidding me? Are you fricking kidding me? THis is all that these people have to worry about? Where do cops eat while on duty? i'm sure they dont drive back to the precint, jump in their personal vehicle and get lunch, then drive back and get back into their patrol car. Firefighters are ALWAYS on duty. Most of the time its a 24 hour shift. How many times during the shift is a meal interupted by a call? What about working 24 hours and having sleep disrupted? What about when they work holidays, anniverseries, birthdays and all th eother times the general public is at home safe and secure?
    This is “investigative journalism” at its worst!! I'd like to know where “Joe Shitsleeve” lives. If there is a paid FD, why dosent he try investigating them by talking to them instead of stalking them? ANd if he resides in an area protected by volunteers, why dosent he go put an application in there?
    This guy is a sham. I hope someone investigates him as well as the other clown he interviewed for this non story.
    Get a life

  • Augean Stable

    Apparently you don’t know what it cost to keep a fire engine running. Its not a shuttle bus.